Pat Bradley

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A Vermont police chief says he stepped down from his position for medical reasons, but documents show he was suspended shortly beforehand amid concerns about how the department was being run.

John Linney (left) speaks to Plattsburgh mayor and city councilors
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It’s a time of change in Plattsburgh city government. Thursday evening, officials held four back-to-back public hearings on charter change proposals to eliminate several city departments.  Councilors heard a mix of harsh criticism and strong support as they considered the procedural move.

Senator Patrick Leahy
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Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy was the keynote speaker today at the Northeast Regional IDeA Conference.  More than 300 biomedical researchers from Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Delaware and Vermont are in Burlington for the National Institutes of Health-sponsored meeting.  Senator Leahy says cuts proposed in President Trump’s budget are extremely dangerous to researchers.

Dr. Dave Barrington
University of Vermont

More than 300,000 historic and rare plant specimens dating back to the mid-19th century were housed on the top floor of Torrey Hall on the University of Vermont campus.  The building was gutted by fire on August 3rd, and researchers initially worried heat and water would destroy the Pringle Herbarium.  Most of the collection was protected by specially designed cabinets obtained in 2014 from the National Science Foundation. Firefighters also covered the cabinets to further protect the Pringle Herbarium.  There was some damage to material outside the cabinets. Herbarium curator and chair of UVM Plant Biology Department Dr. Dave Barrington says the recovery of the specimens is going well.

A Vermont man is charged with spraying liquid manure on a marked U.S. Customs and Border Protection car after confronting an agent about immigration enforcement.

A Vermont man has been fired from his job after participating in the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The state of Vermont wants Green Mountain Power to reduce the size of its requested rate increase.

A biomedical conference that is held once a decade in Vermont began this afternoon in Burlington.

The 2018 New York state budget created a shared services initiative requiring county officials to craft local plans to eliminate or coordinate duplicate services in order to reduce property taxes.  Essex County officials will delay their shared services report in order to focus on the county’s EMS shortage.

Burlington City Hall Park
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Vermont officials have unveiled a plan to renovate a city park following concerns about violence in the area.

Burlington City Hall
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Dozens of mayors from across the country are due in Vermont's largest city for the summer meeting of an organization that focuses on in-depth policy issues facing the country's cities.

food waste

Vermont's effort to move toward universal recycling has seen legislative success, but waste transfer station officials say they haven't seen many residents take advantage of new food scrap disposal units.

Dr. Peter Raven
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Dr. Peter Raven is a conservationist,  biodiversity expert and environmentalist. The president emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden, he led the oldest operating botanical garden in the country for more than four decades.  Dr. Raven, who recently spoke at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, New York, says too many people have lost touch with how intertwined all things are with nature.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders at the Franklin County Senior Center
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Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders was in Franklin County Monday.  His stops included the Franklin County Senior Center, where health care and Social Security dominated the discussion.

Tedra Cobb
Tedra Cobb for NY21

The number of candidates challenging second-term Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st district continues to grow.  Five Democrats and one Republican are in the race. The Green Party is expected to announce candidates and a Libertarian has also expressed interest in the seat.  St. Lawrence County business consultant Tedra Cobb is among the announced Democrats.  She says she decided to run after tracking recent Congressional action on health care.

Although GlobalFoundaries has only been in Vermont since 2015, the state’s leaders gathered with employees of the microchip manufacturer to celebrate the facility’s 60th anniversary this week.

State police say a 72-year-old upstate New York man has drowned while paddleboarding on Lake Champlain.

Just announced federal grants for a series of development projects for the economically challenged area along the U.S.-Canadian border in northern New England could be the last unless Congress funds next year's program over the objection of the Trump Administration.

Dr. Peter Raven
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Renowned conservationist and former director of the Missouri Botanical Garden Dr. Peter Raven will speak at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, New York, this evening.

Governor Phil Scott (at podium) joins Burlington officials to announce new Burlington Telecom program
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Burlington Telecom and city officials have announced a new program to get high-speed internet access to more low-income city residents.

Union supporters fill Clinton County legislative chamber
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Clinton County legislators passed a resolution approving a Project Labor Agreement for work at the Plattsburgh International Airport.  The move at Wednesday’s meeting followed pleas by union members to approve the measure and an attempt to modify it.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik meets with Workforce Development Board
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New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik held a workforce forum with local business leaders on Monday.  Their key message is more funding is needed for worker training.

Torrey Hall fire damage
Ryan Wiklund, UVM Rescue

Last week, a fire broke out at the historic Torrey Hall on the University of Vermont campus.  The building houses the third-largest collection of botanical specimens in New England.  Scientists from across the world are praising the Burlington Fire Department for saving the majority of the collection.

The Vermont attorney general's office says a legal settlement with a group working to develop a 93-mile recreation trail across northern Vermont will help develop the trail faster.

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos
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Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos says he will not submit voter data after receiving a second request from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger at Festival of Fools
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The tenth annual Festival of Fools is being held this weekend in Burlington, Vermont.

Luke Cyphers addresses Plattsburgh City Council
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Last week, Plattsburgh city leaders approved eliminating four departments in an attempt to save more than a million dollars in the 2018 budget.  During this week’s meeting, the Common Council approved public hearings on city charter changes to remove those departments.

Hydrilla removed from watercraft
Jake Sporn

Boat stewards recently intercepted a vessel that had a fast-growing aquatic invasive species attached and prevented its incursion into an Adirondack lake.  While officials applaud the successful detection, the interception is also underscoring the need for more resources to prevent the spread of invasives across the region.

The field of Democrats running to unseat Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st district in 2018 expanded to five this week. The Republican incumbent also faces a challenger within her own party.

A former Vermont town clerk and treasurer under investigation for missing money says she threw away a computer thumb drive containing financial records.